For this engagement session we met up with Linda & Steve at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, walked over to the boardwalk in Waterfront Park, and then finally headed up to Knox Mountain for some lovely views and to get caught in the rain! Luckily the rain was short lived and that we were right beside the covered lookout point. Can't wait to photograph their wedding next month at Summerhill Winery!
This groom can be described in one word "dapper". Love grey suits for the guys! While we are well versed in shooting white dresses alongside black suits or tuxes, we've never understood why the bride and groom need to be totally opposite tones! Grey suits definitively pair better with white dresses than black. #weddingPhotographersProblems
Anyways... this wedding was at a private lake side residence for the ceremony and Quail's Gate Winery for the formals and reception. This image was taken just after we arrived at Quail's and shows something that we like to do at each wedding, capture a great portrait of both the bride and groom separately.
The aisle for outdoor ceremonies can be quite a bit longer and more difficult to navigate than one that you would encounter in say a church (a large cathedral in a bigger city might be a different story of course!). But here is the good news, everyone will be happy to wait!
Like in this image of a bride walking down the start of the aisle at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. We can't even see the main ceremony site yet, but on the plus side it heightens the intrigue as the groom and wedding guests only get to capture brief glimpses as the bride makes her way down. After turning the corner there is still a short stone walkway to some stairs and then another stone walkway to the ceremony. The other big plus to longer aisles is it gives us, as the photographers, more time to capture the building emotions of the couple and a bigger variety of images.
Detail shots like this one are a photographer's way to "stop and smell the roses" as it were. We love to record all the little details that the couple has spent in most cases the past year focusing on, so we like to focus our lenses on them as well.
After photographing the family & wedding party portions of the day outside of Benvoulin Heritage Church where the wedding ceremony had taken place, we spend some time with the bride and groom before heading off to the reception. As we like to do we each spend some alone time with the bride and groom and record their wedding outfit details. This can range from jewelry, to wedding attire, to something borrowed, or something blue (aka the "de facto" wedding attire traditions list), shoes, and of course ties & vests.
Though the wedding dress always takes the show, we like to give a little attention to the groom's suit, tie, vest, cuff links, watch, ect...
We always watch for those candid moments that happen while moving between locations or in between the more formal setups. Like this stunning image that was taken just before the bride and groom's portraits at The Harvest Golf Club in Kelowna.
The bride was waiting for the groom to meet her at our first location and was looking down at the train of her dress when we captured this fleeting glance. We love how it shows off the intricacies of her lovely hair and how her veil frames the image. It helps that the light was fantastic! You might not want a cloudy wedding day, but it works wonders for soft skin tones.
This also ties into our philosophy that we aim to capture the entire story of the wedding day, and not just the formal events.